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Mar 24, 2011 4:00am EDT
u.s. ally by the george w. bush administration when they were searching for something to call a diplomat i can victory after the fiasco that was the fake weapons of mass destruction in iraq. it is hard enough to figure out how americans can best help out popular uprisings of people that want to determine their own future instead of living under a despot. that is hard enough. how do you figure it out when the despot in question is our despot. when he has enjoyed american support, american seal of approval? that's why there was this collective national stomach turning when we saw images of iuste g cannisters thrown at the people in egypt. the u.s. was neutral, then moved against mubarak. but had mubarak kept control of the military, ultimately it wouldn't have been tear gas, it would have been american tanks and f-16 fighter jets squaring off against the peaceful protest movement america was supporting. in libya now, there's some of that same awkwardness. justin elliott had a piece at salon.com that was helpful and interesting, noting that the george w. bush administration's embra
MSNBC
Mar 19, 2011 5:00am EDT
charge? what role will the u.s. play? and did the u.n. vote dom lay to stop gadhafi? will he accept some kind of deal? we'll try to answer those questions. also, japanese authorities have raised the assessment of the disaster to a five, three mile island level on a seven-point scale and now admit they're overwhelmed employing a throw it against the wall and see what sticks approach. the head of the u.s. nuclear regulatory commission says it could take weeks to get things under control. >>> score one for the unions in wisconsin. a judge has temporarily blocked that new law blocking collective bargaining rights in that state. democrats hope this is the first of many obstacles to that law they hate. we'll check it out. >>> let me finish with libya. do we have any idea how we'll get out. we start with the growing crisis in libya. richard engel joins us from cairo. give us a sense of what's happening as the u.n. begins to take action. what is the condition of the rebel force, entirely benghazi? >> reporter: the rebel force is very weak in benghazi and across the country. what happened wa
MSNBC
Mar 20, 2011 9:00am EDT
you are just waking up. fresh word from the nation's top military officer after u.s. and coalition forces bombarded libya's defenses overnight. admiral mike mullen tells nbc news there is a no-fly zone in place in libya. that's after more than 110 tomahawk cruise missiles from warships and submarines slammed the antiaircraft units and command posts. admiral mullen also said that possible outcome of the military action could include the embattled leader, moammar gadhafi, remaining in power. meanwhile, gadhafi issued an audio address on state tv, saying the country was preparing for a long war. on the screen, the image of a giant, gold fist crushing an american plane. nbc's jim maceda's in libya's capital of tripoli. jim, with another good day to you, we have cruise missiles that were targeting sites around the city there. what's it like there now? >> reporter: here, it's quiet. it wasn't so at 2:30, 3:00 in the morning, though, alex. we all jumped and jolted first when we heard a number of explosions. it was these deep thuds that you never like to hear. they could have been cruise m
MSNBC
Mar 21, 2011 6:00pm EDT
compound. that's very interesting. the u.s. commander in the region said the mission had so far succeed informed stopping gadhafi loyalist s from stormin bengha benghazi. they also plan to extend the no-fly zone to include most of the country. meanwhile, the president addressed the situation in libya today in chile, commenting on the u.s. plan to hand over the control of the mission to other coalition members. >> of. >> obviously the situation is evolving on the ground and, how quick live this transfer takes place will be determined by the recommendations of our commanding officers. but let me emphasize that we anticipate this transition to take place in a matter of days, not a matter of weeks. >> that's very interesting news. we're going to get back to that in a second. he also maintained the emphasis on the narrow scope of the mission, despite the fact that the united states wants gadhafi to leave. >> our military action is in support of an international mandate from the security council that specifically focuses on the humanitarian threat posed by colonel gadhafi to his peopl
MSNBC
Mar 21, 2011 11:00am EDT
not the u.s. military mission at this point. but clearly it is a political mission for the white house and many of the united states military diplomatic allies there in europe. >> jim, thanks. >> you bet. >> i want to talk more about that coalition. the military muscles has put moammar gadhafi air defenses. these attacks reach the door step, striking the administration building but the location is currently unknown. jim maceda has the latest from tripoli for us. have there been air strikes? >> no, there haven't been, thomas. we have some news, however, of this ongoing development in the third largest city. it is gadhafi forces which were hit by the air strikes, by the way, outside yesterday. today they are on the attack with reports that gadhafi troops now with tanks and snipers have entered the city and fired on people killing the latest figure is at least nine individuals. now this is extremely interesting because you've got troops who allegedly have changed out of their uniforms into street clothes looking like either armed civilians or rebels for that matter. and also they ha
MSNBC
Mar 22, 2011 4:00am EDT
. presidents making oval office announcements about u.s. wars, about u.s. military interventions. some of them amounting to small wars, some amounting to very large wars. now that the united states has embarked on its latest new military intervention in libya, i would love to be able to show you the current president's oval office address on the subject, but there isn't one. president obama did make a public statement saturday afternoon that we had started that military intervention in libya, but did so from the confines of a convention center in brazil. eight years to the day that george w. bush stared unsteadily into the camera and announced the iraq invasion, president obama announced his own military intervention, but pointedly declined the opportunity to do it in a way that u.s. presidents usually do. president obama taking all sorts of criticism from the right over the past few days for not cancelling his trade visit to latin america as a result of this military action in libya. and the white house knew that criticism would come. their decision to go ahead with the trip anyway, to forego
MSNBC
Mar 3, 2011 12:00pm EST
of american-made guns across the border and for the unrelenting demand of illegal drugs in the u.s. the two countries are also at odds after a wikileaks release quoting u.s. officials quoting mexican's security agencies "corrupt and dysfunctional." publicly, the obama administration is putting a positive spin on the relationship. >> there exists an unprecedented level of cooperation between the u.s. and mexico. >> but when the two presidents go behind bars, tensions could rise over a recent interview in which president calderon called u.s. law enforcement agencies disorganized. and there will also be discussions about the growing number of americans caught in the cross fire of mexico's drug war, including u.s. immigration agent, jaime spatta, who was killed in an ambush along a highway 16 days ago. at his funeral last week, homeland department secretary, janet napolitano, promised to seek justice. >> we will not relent or let up or flinch in any way in our determination to see that those responsible for his death are held to account for their crimes. >> mexico is the u.s.'s largest
MSNBC
Mar 24, 2011 12:00am EDT
people trying it. from tunisia to hosni mubarak, the great u.s. ally of three decades. to yemen, to worries about al qaeda and extremism in that area of the world. he is supposedly our ally against terrorism. even moammar gadhafi, most americans if they think of him at all think of him as a ridiculous cartoon villain. even he has recently been considered an ostensible american ally. whose planes the american military shot down in 1986. a man whose house ronald reagan shot a missile. even gadhafi was made into a supposed u.s. ally by the george call a diplomatic victory after the fiasco that was the fake weapons of mass destruction in iraq. it is hard enough to figure out how americans can best help out popular uprisings of people that want to determine their own future instead of living under a despot. that is hard enough. how do you figure it out when the despot in question is our despot. when he has enjoyed american support, american seal of approval? that's why there was this collective national stomach turning when we saw images of made in the usa tear gas cannisters thrown at t
MSNBC
Mar 29, 2011 11:00pm EDT
not be able to take another city. the question before president obama now, should be our u.s. arm the rebels? >> i am not ruling it out or in. >> we will have more from the president in a one-on-one interview with brian williams later in this hour. the air starks' targeted tripoli tonight. 22 tomahawk missiles. the largest air assault in recent days. the defense department says the price tag for u.s. taxpayers so far is about $550 million. that is expected to run about $40 million more over the next three weeks. hillary clinton today called this a turning point in libya when she was in london. she met with one of the rebel leaders. what are you seeing on the ground in libya? >> i still can't get over that number, $550 million to destroy tanks from the air. i don't understand how the price tag gets so high so quickly. it could look like a turning point on the ground, but for gaddafi's forces, he is crushing the rebellion. horrible reports emerging. here in the east, his troops began a counteroffensive, erasing many of the gains they had accomplished. >> at times today the rebel fro
MSNBC
Mar 22, 2011 9:00am EDT
morning, the u.s. military confirms an f-15 fighter jet has crashed in libya, but the pentagon says it was not shot down. we'll have the latest on the fate of the crew. >> plus. >> let me emphasize that this operation will take place in a matter of days, not a matter of weeks. >> it's still unclear who will take charge. in japan, set back and progress, as the crippled reactor's spent fuel rods -- officials say they can't turn on the juice just yet. it's tuesday march 22, i'm willie geist. also this morning with the first republican debate, a little over a month away, if you can believe it, finally at least one major gop candidate looks ready to run. let's get to the rundown. >>> we begin in libya where a united states f-15 fighter jet crashed today while carrying out its mission in benghazi. >> u.s. military officials tell nbc news that two crewmembers have indeed been rescued from the ground there in libya and are safely on their way to europe. the two crewmember in their f-15 eagle were on a routine mission enforcing that no fly zone east of benghazi when the fighter jet experienced
MSNBC
Mar 29, 2011 12:00am EDT
the military is involved in. the uss mt. whitney was deployed to haiti as the u.s. played a role in ousting the military junta that took over the country. remember when john mccain said today we are all georgians? that was when russia and the nation were having a war and john mccain wanted the u.s. to start fighting russia alongside the georgians? during that war it was the uss mt. whitney that was deployed to deliver aid in georgia and the first ship to reach the port that it went to. mt. whitney is considered the most advanced ship that the u.s. has floated. this is where the u.s. has been running the libyan war out of. between the ship's admiral and the u.s. attorney general, this is where the u.s. has been running the war in libya from. as of last night, the uss mt. whitney we think is not going to be the headquarters for the war anymore. that effort will now be run by nato. both the no-fly zone part and the bombing ground troops part which they call like protecting civilians. the uss mt. whitney named after the highest peak will no longer be the place where from which it is run
MSNBC
Mar 21, 2011 9:00am EDT
have -- i haven't been given a date by the president where u.s. military participation here would end. >>> plus, a troubling turn in japan. workers are pulled from the crippled reactor complex after smoke is seen rising from two of the reactors overnight. how big a setback is this? >>> it's monday, march 21st, 2011. i'm willie geist. chuck and savannah are traveling with the president in south america. we will hear from them later this hour. >>> let's get right to the run down, we begin with operation odyssey dawn in libya. punishing air strikes drove pro-gadhafi forces further from home base last night though it is unclear where gadhafi is at this hour. rebels celebrated after u.s., british and french planes demolished libyan tanks and took out air defenses. overnight the opposition said it had regained almost 40 miles of territory. colonel gadhafi appears to have escaped harm in the attack on his administration building. he has though warned of a long war and said he'd open up the government's arsenal to arm his supporters. >>> on sunday defense secretary robert gates reiterated tha
MSNBC
Mar 19, 2011 8:00am EDT
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MSNBC
Mar 11, 2011 3:00pm EST
, triggering soourntsunami alerts alaska, hawaii, and the west coast. it appears the u.s. has escaped significant damage. we'll check in with meteorologist jeff ranieri in san francisco in a moment. first, joining me on the phone from tokyo is our producer, arata yamamoto. hello, arata. >> reporter: hi. >> there have been more than 100 aftershocks of a magnitude of five or greater, i believe. are you feeling these? >> reporter: some of them. not all. i am 188 miles south of the epicenter. ones i feel here are not as many as that. >> and are you seeing any further signs of damage where you are? >> reporter: not here in tokyo. i think the damage that was caused in tokyo, we heard reports of a walkway collapsing and we have reports of death here but that was from the first earthquake, not from the following aftershock. >> i believe the road system, as well, has been damaged in tokyoingtokyo i , a number of high ways closed, correct? >> reporter: the roads are closed. and what's compounded that is the fact that up until around midnight most of the train system was shut down which meant th
MSNBC
Mar 25, 2011 6:00pm EDT
the american people, quote, in the very near future about the u.s. role going forward. the government met with the african union to hammer out a solution. there's violence in other areas of the region as well. in jordan, the associated press reports more than 100 people injured. clashes in ahman were the most i violent in that country in two months of protest. in bahrain, security forces fired tear gas and pellets at anti-government protests. thousands defied a ban on gathering followi ining prayers. and in yemen, the leader says h he's ready to step down, but only if he can leave the government in safe hands. gadhafi is now negotiating. the leaders of tunisia and egypt are already gone. yemen is on the verge of being knocked out, as you heard. these long-running dictatorships are on the ropes. why? because history is changing before our very eyes. there used to be a time when barberism and conquest was par for the course. it was what was expected. the mongols once wiped out a town and destroyed every building, but they also diverted a river that ran through the town. you w
MSNBC
Mar 20, 2011 10:00am EDT
for watching us this morning. >>> the u.s. military is calling an overnate aerial bombardment a success. admiral mike mullen says there is effect tiff a no-fly zone in place in libya after 110 cruise missiles slammed anti-aircraft units and command posts. russia says the strikes are killing civilians. and embattled leader moammar gadhafi had a audio address, saying libya was arming its citizens to fight bank. >>> jim , let's get the latest n how things are on the ground there? what are you seeing? >> good morning, alex. as mill tier experts assess just how much -- he's made it quite clear that he's going nowhere. u.s. cruise missiles fire toward the mediterranean coast "operation odyssey dawn" was under way. the targets sophisticated systems that could knock out planes enforcing a no-fly zone. according to the pentagon, at least 20 such sites were hit, many near the capital of tripoli. where tracer and anti-aircraft fire sprayed the night skies defending against the sounds of planes and explosions. by daylight, tripoli was calm, but libya tv showed images of some of the 48 dead
MSNBC
Mar 17, 2011 1:00pm EDT
leave major u.s. bases across japan. that order covers more than 40,000 people there. in addition, the u.s. is sending potassium iodide into the country in case people want to use it. and as a precaution, homeland secretary janet napolitano says all passengers and cargo from japan will now be screened for radiation in an abundance of caution. let's get to the white house briefing now. press secretary jay carney joined by gregory jaczko of the nuclear regulatory commission in this country. let's listen. >> -- sent over to support them in their efforts has arrived on a c-17. we sent a team of 33 additional people, which were added to the six people we already had out there in japan. they had over 17,000 pounds of equipment with them. they've unpacked that. they've actually taken the two pods that do the aerial measurement of ground depositions, mounted them, one on a fixed wing aircraft, one on a helicopter. and we flew those aircraft on their first missions. we have been collecting information as they've come back when the process of sharing that information with our japanese hosts and
MSNBC
Mar 22, 2011 3:00pm EDT
a u.s. f-15 crashes in the libyan desert. the crew, safe. the mission, the mission goes on with was questions over its goals. >>> and the end game. will there be boots on t grou borwee h? >>> we begin in the sands of libya where the wreckage of the f-15 strike eagle has brought down the perils of an air attack into sharp focus. we'll hear from the first reporter on the scene who spoke to fishes who welcomed the downed pilot with open arms. more tomahawk missiles fired the pro-gadhafi targets. by ground, rebel forces launch new attacks out of benghazi. attacks met with ferocious counterfire by gadhafi's forces. >>> in misrata, 40 dead, 189 wounded according to rebels. casualties around the country continue to rise, and at least one allied official, britain's armed forces minister, says he's not ruled out troops being deployed on the ground, if necessary. >>> the impact of these attacks have provoked criticism from other nations. china demanded an immediate cease-fire. brazil has made the same plea. the u.s. nato ally turkey says it will never quote be a side pointing weapons at the l
MSNBC
Mar 15, 2011 5:30am EDT
americans that u.s. nuclear facilities are safe. at the white house yesterday, press secretary jay carney and the chairman of the nuclear regulatory commission also insisted there was a "very low likelihood, to use their language, that any potential fallout from japan would ever reach u.s. soil. meanti meantime, president obama promised to continue providing japan any assistance it can as that country recovers from this disaster. take a listen. >> this is an international tragedy. and although japan is a highly advanced economy and technologically equipped to rebuild at this moment of crisis, it's important that all of us join together and n providing any help and assistance that we can in the days and months to come. >>> on capitol hill, tennessee republican lamar alexander said the u.s. should not abandon the use of nuclear power in the wake of japan's tragedy. >> it's important that we be clear about the risks that each type of energy poses. but it is also important to remember that we don't abandon highway systems because bridges and overpasses collapse during earthquakes. the
MSNBC
Mar 1, 2011 11:00am EST
effectively control the whole eastern half of the country. increasingly the u.s. and nato seem more comfortable doing big with this man, the face of the revolution. a former justice minister now tasked with forming an alternative government. he says he needs one favor from the west, a no-fly zone. we want an air space embargo to keep gadhafi from bringing in mercenaries from africa, and we'll do the rest he said. ratcheting up pressure on gadhafi, u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton meeting on pond with allies in geneva said a no mif fly zone in on the table. >> the people of libya have made themselves clear. it is time for gadhafi to go. now without further violence or delay. >> reporter: gadhafi's not listening. civil war seems imminent, and the exodus of thousands of refugees every day will like lil only grow. still, it doesn't have to be bloody. one libya contact very close to the regime says that its several of his inner circle sdited to bolt, then the game is over. so far that hasn't happened. i'm jim maceda from nbc news reporting from tripoli. >>> with all the turmoil ac
MSNBC
Mar 17, 2011 2:00pm EDT
still spraying water on reactors from the ground. the u.s. military is sending a nine-member team to japan, as early as today, to help evacuate -- to evaluate the nuclear situation. it's not clear if they will go to the plant that's been damaged. president obama is due to make a statement at 3:30 eastern time. joining me now is a physicist who has worked on nuclear reactor accident simulations. thank you for joining us. >> nice to be here. >> let's talk about this breaking news at this power cable may be down very soon and this could finally provide some power to unit number three. one of those -- unit number two, excuse me. one of those units affected in this crisis. >> i think that's an extremely good news. if a.c. power had been restored within, you know, a day, we wouldn't have had any of the problems we're dealing with right now. it's too bad it's taken six days, going on seven, to get power there. but restoration of a.c. power will make a huge difference, especially at the three nuclear reactors. >> one of your concerns is that we're seeing trouble with three reactors and th
MSNBC
Mar 17, 2011 3:00pm EDT
the hour. >>> today, the u.s. military began drafting plans to evacuate dependents from several bases in the region. the state department says it's now actively assisting other americans wishing to evacuate. among those heeding these warnings are many of our nbc colleagues. but what will they carry with them? at chicago's o'hare and dallas-ft. worth airports, radiation levels, thankfully low, have been picked up on passengers returning from japan. but the battle and the focus remain on the fukushima station and its crippled reactors. reactor number three, the scene of aerial water bombardment today, brave crew members dropped sea water in a desperate attempt to cool what is being describes as the single greatest threat. the fukushima six reactors, reactor three is the only one housing a mixed fuel known as mox, short for mixed oxide, a material made of reclaimed plutonium, the release of which would pose far more devastating effects than weave seen thus far. reactor four and its lack of water set off the biggest rift between nuclear authorities in the united states and japan. th
MSNBC
Mar 16, 2011 11:00am EDT
off. so we continue to have a very desperate situation there and those u.s. officials coming in to try to help to see what they can do. meantime, the humanitarian crisis is widening. it is another very cold night here in japan. the snows were very heavy around the most seriously affected areas. so you have all the people without heat, without electricity. food and water supplies remain very low as do gas supplies. it is tough for people to get around, although they did have some buses of people, evacuees they were able to take out of the immediate area. and they're continuing to test people, including babies for radiation contamination. but red cross workers, other international aid organizations, they're being very cautious right now. they have actually pulled back a little farther away from the nuclear plant. obviously they want to protect the health and safety of their workers as they try to deal with this humanitarian crisis. thomas? >> chris jansing in tokyo for us. chris, thanks so much. >>> the radiation released from nuclear power plants raises concerns about whether wind c
MSNBC
Mar 26, 2011 8:00am EDT
obama says it's not always up to the u.s. to step in when there's turmoil overseas. but in a preview to his national address on monday, the president says the current crisis in libya demands america's attention. >> the united states should not and cannot intervene every time there's a crisis somewhere in the world. but i firmly believe that when innocent people are being brutalized, when someone like gadhafi threatens a bloodbath that could destabilize a national region, then it's in our national interest to act. >> nbc's mike viqueira is our national correspondent on alex. >> what prompted the president to speak out on monday? >> after criticism from the left and the right, democrats and republicans here in washington. the president is suffering from two perceptions here, alex. first, this came very suddenly. usually when americans start to see tomahawks flying off or airplanes in flight drops dropping smart bombs, it comes after weeks if not months of debate. there was no such -- there was no such action. secretary of state hillary clinton was in paris last weekend for a summit. no on
MSNBC
Mar 22, 2011 1:00pm EDT
pilots are now in safe u.s. hands. that is a rebel controlled part of the country. all of the loyalists or the forces loyal to the regime pulled back from benghazi when the air strike started two days ago and are now about the new front line is about 80 miles south of benghazi. the plane shall as you mentioned, went down due to mechanical failure. it was not gunfire. the plane completely destroyed in the crash. the two pilots managed to pair shoot out. they landed in two separate fields. again, they have been recovered and are safe. we are talking a lot about it. it is playing out like the battlefield for the future of the country now. you have got rebels on the outside of this key town. if you hold the east of this country and inside that town is still held by the gadhafi forces. a number of attempts to push into adjabiyah and they have been pulled so far. there have been a number of air strikes but not enough to inside adjabiyah. inside mizrahi, they are still on the attack, held by rebels but just barely. every day, seems to have been 7, 8, 9 killed. today, once again, snipers penetr
MSNBC
Mar 15, 2011 12:00pm EDT
capital. the austrian government is moving its embassy here to osaka. u.s. embassy officials nbc news has learned had a meeting earlier today with folks who work there, with their families to try to elay some of the concerns of americans living here in tokyo. it has been confirmed for us. we talked to people involved in the meeting that several people stood up and said, should i stay or should i go? that is the question a lot of people, especially people are asking here, and it's a very individual kind of answer. three separate families came out of the embassy in the hour that i was standing there. all of them said they were considering leaving. when i talked to james wright, who was there with his wife, his 3-year-old daughter, and 5-month-old twins, he was getting the twins' passports so that if they decided to leave, they could. how would he make that decision? here's what he told me. has the nuclear situation made you rethink staying in japan? >> well, it depends on how the wind blows, actually. >> reporter: literally? >> literally. if the wind blows this way, then the quickest fl
MSNBC
Mar 28, 2011 11:00pm EDT
pelosi said u.s. action will be strengthened by consultation with congress. last week a lot of them spoke under the democratic side were critical of president obama for not briefing congress in regards to what the mission was in libya. they feel on the democratic side more aware of what that is and want to be briefed regularly. secretary of state hillary clinton will be beyond with the foreign relations committee. they expect a lot of questions to her, but in terms of setting a precedent for the democratic party to believe in, president obama did accomplish that goal. he did not satisfy republicans at all. one interesting caveat i will say, senator john mccain, the president's opponent actually said he enjoyed hearing president obama clearly state what the policy was in libya. he remained shall we say unaware of how gadhafi would be removeed from power. he would like more information about that, but supportive of what the president's actions were there. john mccain maybe going back to the maverick style by being more supportive of president obama than his conference there. >> the wh
MSNBC
Mar 21, 2011 8:00pm EDT
now. >>> u.s. and coalition forces say most of libya's radar installations have been destroyed, now they will be focused on so-called targets of opportunity. for some republicans, however, any action taken by president obama is just another target of opportunity. >> we anticipate this transition to take place in a matter of days, not a matter of weeks. >> president obama finally answers questions on why the united states has joined the battle against gadhafi. or is it a war? >> gadhafi needs to go. >> in the end of the third day of the operations, coalition air strikes have established a no-fly zone in the east. >> and we assume he is alive, that he is hunkered down in a bunker. >> punishing air strikes drove pro-gadhafi forces further to opposition bases. >> we are taking sides in a civil war. >> the commander in chief makes military decisions on libya, and watches the crisis on japan while on a diplomat i can trip to south america. so of course, republicans attack him. >> besides jewel track diplomacy. >> some of my colleagues are upset that france may be in the lead. >> tea parti
MSNBC
Mar 16, 2011 5:00am EDT
reveals how prepare suicide the u.s. to deal with the major nuclear emergency. and wave of power -- newly surfaced video shows the force of friday's tsunami as it hits the oregon coastline. good morning, everyone. i'm lynn berry. those stories and more straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> we begin this morning with melting point. a skeleton crew working to prevent an all-out meltdown at the fukushima nuclear plant were forced out of the facility for nearly an hour today. the extremely rare measure was called for following a dangerous spike in radiation that japanese authorities feared was a risk to workers' lives. dan shenman reports. >> reporter: authorities in japan have struggled to avert an environmental catastrophe in the plant in tokyo. the rods were being stored in pools of water. seawater has been pumped into reactors one, two, and three to cool fuel rods as they worked to bring down temperatures in reactors five and six. >> if the fuel rod gets exposed, it can become fragile and there's a high chance of a rod to break. radiation material normally contained
MSNBC
Mar 19, 2011 3:00pm EDT
then potentially of course immense u.s. naval air power and precision guided munitions could also be brought into the battle. >> and there is our u.s. ships that are now in the mediterranean sea. the united nations resolution clearly calls out not just for enforcement of a no fly zone but to intercept any sort of military aid that is banned by u.n. resolution that could be going into support moammar gadhafi's forces. and yet already we're seeing today a resolution that russia abstained on and so did china, russia taking a stand and saying it regrets western forces are taking this action. is that problematic for this effort in any way? >> i don't think it really is because the vote's already been taken on resolution 1973 and the russians and the chinese abstained. if they had wanted to object and put a road block up against this thing, they could have done it earlier in the week. they decided not to. this smells to me like diplomatic maneuvering that is not of great consequence. the big question for me is are they going to nick gadhafi or are they going to try to take him out? you kno
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Mar 16, 2011 2:00pm EDT
japan isç "out o control." meantime, u.s. forces operating in that country are being moved even further away from the power plant for safety. a live report from tokyo straight ahead. plus police and protesters face off in pakistan just hours after reports that the u.s. paid more than $2 million for the release of a cia contractor accused of murder. new comments on the situation from the secretary of state. >>> and he reached out online to people he never met in person convincing them to kill themselves. now a judge says the minnesota man in this picture must go to jail. >> it's not fair. it's not fair. >>> a push to rally in michigan. protesters still at odds with the state's governor over the budget join forces at the state capital. the latest in the on going standoff between public union workers in this country and some republican lawmakers. >>> i'm tamron hall. "news nation" is following new details on the nuclear crisis in japan. the secretary-general of the international atomic energy association says he's headed to japan as soon as possible as workers at the fukushima plan
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Mar 16, 2011 10:00am EDT
in that country. stocks continue to teeter, could japan's economy cause the u.s. to stumble? we'll look into that. moments ago, a new after shock described by our msnbc team in tokyo as huge and lasting a long time here, we'll hear from chris jansing on that in a home. the threat of a nuclear catastrophe still surrounds japan and a cloud of fear here. the world is watching closely those nuclear reactors at the fukushima plant. 50 workers were ordered out when things got dicey. now they're going back in at great personal risk to try and figure out how to get a handle on things. fires, explosions, and radiation leaks remain a constant threat. it seems no one can predict how this situation will end. the u.s. army trying to ramp up its humanitarian effort to help the people of japan. more than 10,000 people already listed missing or dead. half a million have been evacuated and the cost of the destruction could top $100 billion. the sato family was lucky enough to survive. but when they were returned to their neighborhood, they found there is nothing left for them, their entire town is
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Mar 22, 2011 5:00pm EDT
advisors generally work, u.s. special forces operate in 12 man a-teams, alpha teams that come in, work behind-the-scenes and tell rebel armies what to do, where to organize, how to organize, when to attack, where to place their troops, that's the kind of support that the rebels realize now that they need and they will take it probably from anywhere they can get it or wherever they can afford it. >> great reporting again. thank you from benghazi. libya with the rebells. the direct majority of the sain center with the brookings institute and a military analyst. i guess you have in your head some of the answers perhaps to all the kiss have. how does a no fly zone even broadly defined which includes going after command and control, taking shots at the compound of gadhafi, doing everything, knocking out armor, tanks, tank columns. how does any of that end this war and bring the rebels into power and get rid of gadhafi. >> it doesn't. there's some hope on people's parts that maybe the sheer application of force would cause somebody path bullet in gadhafi's head. that is becoming increa
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Mar 26, 2011 7:00am EDT
morning. the president talks about the operation in libya. do we hear more about the u.s. mission there? >>> the winter that would not quit. in some parts of the country, more snow and one spot nearing a spectacular record. >>> look out below. some harrowing moments for one skier who captures his ordeal on the ski slopes on camera. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm alex witt. welcome to "msnbc saturday." breaking news from the front lines in libya rebels have won a major battle this morning, pushing west from benghazi, maintained control of ajdabiya. allied jets made the difference in ending the week-long battle with government forces. this is a brit tissue jet on friday bombing tanks shelling the city from the outskirts. we are in tripoli. good morning, john. i understand you have information about a disturbing incident at a hotel that's housing the international media. can you tell us what happened? >> reporter: that's right. it is a disturbing incident over breakfast. we are pretty well guarded by gadhafi security forces here. they won't let us out. but somehow this morning, a wo
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Mar 15, 2011 6:00pm EDT
dispafd 148 people and 12 rescue dogs. the u.s. military is integrally the relief efforts, "uss ronald reagan" is refueling, conducting search-and-rescue efforts and assisting with humanitarian air drops. that's the use of the military that we all love, helping others across the world. that's a great thing. relief teams have a huge job ahead of them, given the magnitude of the devastation you see every day on your screens. let's compare some satellite image that shows you the extent of is the disaster. it shows you the sendai airport about 200 miles north of the epicenter, but also flooded by the tsunami. you see the absolute devastation before and after. now, another set of images shows a village near sendai that used to be home to about 7,000 people, but was completely wiped out last friday. these pictures are stunning. and the fukushima nuclear power plant before the one-two punch released a chain reaction that is still at risk culminating in nuclear disaster, unfortunately. >>> is the fukushima dahchi plant. 30 workers remain t. they're desperately trying to cool the rapidly overhe
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Mar 11, 2011 10:00am EST
the destruction are mind-blowing. now the u.s. military is mobilizing to try to help and more of the video and tweets we are getting minute by minute and how social media is helping to spread the word about this disaster. your cat can enjoy the delicious, satisfying taste of gourmet gravy every day. fancy feast, the best ingredient is love. but sometimes i wonder... what's left behind? [ female announcer ] introducing purifying facial cleanser from neutrogena® naturals. developed with dermatologists... it's clinically proven to remove 99% of dirt and toxins and purify pores. and with natural willowbark it contains no dyes, parabens or harsh sulfates. dirt and toxins do a vanishing act and my skin feels pure and healthy. [ female announcer ] new purifying facial cleanser from the new line of neutrogena naturals. >> police are saying 200 to 300 bodies are were found as well as 110 confirmed killed and 350 people missing. this is the latest from the associated press. the u.s. military is rushing to the aid of japan after it is shaken. the chief correspondent is live. what are you heari
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Mar 16, 2011 9:00pm EDT
drove the u.s. government to dramatically break with the japanese government today, to start giving its own american assessment of what is going on at this reactor and these reactors instead of repeating what the japanese were saying. it is number four, or at least it appears to be the number four reactor that led the u.s. government to say that u.s. citizens should evacuate from an area around the reactor that is larger than what the japanese government has suggested. here is what's going on at reactor four. reactor four reportedly contains 130 tons of spent fuel. there's a reactor there. that was off when the quake happened. but it is still there. there's the reactor there, that was off. that's presumably cool shut down. then the spent fuel pool. 130 tons of spent fuel in that pool. for reference, that's about 28% less fuel than what blew up at chernobyl. the u.s. nuclear regulatory commission reportedly has its own experts on site at daiichi. even though japan is not saying this, american nuclear authorities, our nuclear regulatory authority today said that the pool that the 130
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Mar 22, 2011 9:00pm EDT
operations, again replacing the u.s. a senior u.s. official telling reporters that moreç arab natis are expected to contribute to the no-fly zone in the next several days. the obama administration is doing everything it can to keep the american role here as low profile as possible. the consequences of that strategy at home look like this. at politico.com, sarkozy's war. sarkozy, he's french. everybody freak out. and a part of the american right that never met a military intervention they did not like is loudly upset at the lack of presidential chest thumping. they wan him a fligh suit faain a gh jet, preferably with cinched up straps around the crotch. the weekly standard ran an editorial today which i do not think was sarcastic. they wrote president obama is taking us to war in another muslim country. good for him. not sarcastic, at least i don't think so. after noting concerns about perceptions the u.s. was in vading another muslim country, bill kristol at the weekly standard wrote rubbish. that's how they talk at the weekly standard. our invasions, he wrote, have been liberations
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Mar 17, 2011 12:00pm EDT
haven't come to a firm conclusion about how bad the situation is, but u.s. officials have. >> we believe that radiation levels are extremely high. >> the japanese government ordered evacuations in a 12-mile radius from the plant and it's told people in a 19-mile radius to stay indoors. but the u.s. government wants americans within a 50-mile radius to leave. but north of fukushima, masses of people are trapped, stuck in towns devastated by the tsunami. the town of kesennuma is more than 130 miles north of the plant. american paul fails arrived there from michigan the day of the quake. he ended up trapped in the city and volunteering in relief efforts. >> i just kind of want to stay here, really, to ride the wave out and to help people if they need help with anything. everyone's been so nice and everything, and they made sure like, are you okay? are you okay? >> let's head right to tokyo right now and nbc news chief science and health correspondent robert bazell is standing by live. bob, where do we stand with the radiation threat? >> reporter: well, the radiation threat remains ominous.
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Mar 21, 2011 6:00am EDT
regime after a weekend of punishing allied air attacks in libya. according to u.s. officials, coalition strikes have successfully crippled gadhafi's air defenses and a no-fly zone is effectively in place over the country. although gadhafi himself is not a target of what is being called operation odyssey dawn, one of the strikes caused extensive damage to the libyan leader's tripoli compound last night. at this hour, gadhafi's whereabouts remain unknown. he has vowed to fight a long, drawn out war with western forces. making the rounds on the sunday talk shows, admiral mike mullen stressed that the u.s. role in libya would be limited but he did not give an exact date of how long the u.s. would remain involved. >> there's no one that understands better than i that the stress and the strain that we've been under for a long time in our tenth year of war, both in iraq and in afghanistan. that said, we are within our capability and capacity to be able to execute this mission. the directions have been given to me, it is limited. it is very focused and in that regard, we're more than able, as h
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Mar 29, 2011 9:00pm EDT
libya, but it can control the level of american commitment to the war and how much the u.s. is willing to devote to that war in terms of money and time and equipment and man power and risk. in terms of america's lead military role in the war thus far, the obama administration has been saying from the start that the u.s. would hand that off in a matter of days, not weeks. 11 days ago in a meeting with congressional leaders, president obama reportedly assured members of congress that the handover would be, and i quote, in days, and not weeks. defense secretary bob gates echoed that time line on board a military plane a few days later to moscow. >> we expect in a matter of days to be able to turn over the primary responsibility to others. we will continue to support the coalition. we will be a member of the coalition, a military role in the coalition, but we will not have the preeminent role. >> in a matter of days, we will not have the preeminent role. that was over a week ago. fast forward to sunday night when nato supreme allied commander in europe posted this update on faceboo
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Mar 19, 2011 1:00pm EDT
the u.s. will not waver in its efforts to assist libyan civilians and enforce the security council resolution as gadhafi forces continue to defy calls for a cease-fire. >> the realty on the ground tells a very different story. colonel gadhafi continues to defy the world. his attacks on civilians go on. we will support an international coalition as it takes all necessary measures. >> the latest from benghazi shows tanks approaching the city have stopped as thick black smoke rises from the rebel stronghold this. i'm richard lui live in new york. reports this hour, french defense officials saying french fighter jets have fired on libyan military vehicles, that's what we understand now. we're just getting that in. meanwhile, secretary of state clinton saying that military action to enforce a security council resolution on libya has just begun. an intense aerial operation will soon start in libya. jim maceda is live in the stronghold of tripoli. jim? >> reporter: hi there, richard. yes, you just mentioned the breaking news. that could be the first volley of a -- a third war. this time p
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Mar 29, 2011 9:00am EDT
the first place. he argued the u.s. had a responsibility to act in order to stop gadhafi from killing his own people, and the president took on critics who say the u.s. has no business getting involved. >> given the costs and risks of intervention, we must always measure our interest against the need for action. but that cannot be an argument for never acting on behalf of what's right. to brush aside america's responsibility as a leader and our to our fellow human beings under such circumstances would have been a betrayal of who we are. >> but some insist the fundamental questions are still unanswered. house speaker boehner i still habit explained what success in libya will look like. while the president reiterated he wants gadhafi gone, he said that's not part of the mission. >> if we tried to overthrow gadhafi by force, our coalition would splinter. we would likely have to put u.s. troops on the ground to accomplish that mission. or risk killing many civilians in the air. to be blunt, we went down that road in iraq. >> savannah, the speech was necessarily, had to give it. realistic
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Mar 30, 2011 9:00am EDT
for more help. the help could eventually come in the form of weapons, shipments from the u.s. speaking to brian williams, president obama said arming the rebels is a possibility. >> i am not ruling it out but i'm also not ruling it in. we are still making an assessment partly about what gadhafi's forces are going to be doing. we are not taking anything off the table at this point. >> the president said that no matter what options the u.s. pursues, it should not be seen as a president for action in countries like yemen or sear qua. >> i think it is important not to take this particular situation and then try to project some sort of obama doctrine ta doctrine that we are going to apply in a cookie-cutter fashion across the board. each country in this region is different. our principles remain the same. >> new polls show u.s. action in libya is not going over with the american public. quinnipiac found that 47% oppose america's involvement there and 41% support it. nearly three quarters of americans fear the u.s. will get drawn into a long-term conflict. msnbc's jim maceda is live for us o
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Mar 8, 2011 5:30am EST
the u.s., president obama appealing directly to gadhafi's inner circle to stop propping him up. >> i want to send a very clear message to those who are around colonel gadhafi. it is their choice to make how they operate moving forward and they will be held accountable for whatever violence continues to take place there. >> yesterday, president obama also authorized another $15 million in humanitarian aid to be sent to libya. meanwhile, britain and france say they're seeking author sooigs from the united nations for a no-fly zone over the country. however, any resolution is subject to the vote by the 15 members and russia and china rarely approve of such measures and of course as we've been telling you the united states still sitting on the fence about a no-fly zone, as well. >>> and yet another step back from the 2008 promise to close guantanamo bay, president obama says the administration will resume military trials for terrorist suspects detained at the prison. yesterday's move which lifts a two-year freeze on new trials comes after a month's long standoff with congress over
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Mar 31, 2011 5:30am EDT
libya? no. are we -- do we have u.s. troops on the ground in libya? no. you can call it -- it's been a false argument that some media outlets have tried to engage that -- about the in a moment clayture here. it is the use of military force in concert with our allies. >> again, that presidential finding that president obama signed a couple weeks ago does authorize the cia to provide arms and support, although they've not yet provided the arms. >>> on capitol hill the chairman of the house select intelligence committee, congressman mike rogers, argued for not arming the rebels. >> we don't want to arm the rebels until we know who they are. we know what they're against, moammar gadhafi. we don't know who they're for or what they're for. we've had good experience in our history where things have gone wrong. it's very, very, very important that we take lots of thought, and we have to have lots better intelligence on who they are in total before we would even consider arming the rebels. >> rogers is one of many lawmakers briefed on libya by secretary of state hillary clinton, defense secre
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Mar 1, 2011 5:00am EST
libya, u.s. officials are calling him "delusional" after he denied his forces are attacking his own people. underscoring his lack of touch with realty, as his regime crumbles throughout the country, gadhafi told interviews, "all my people love me." nbc's jim maceda has more. >> reporter: despite a ring of soldiers and heavy armor around the city, inside libyans were daring to protest. this funeral for a man shot in the head by a sniper turned into an anti-gadhafi demonstration. but just as quickly ended after someone fired a round. many are standing hours outside bank to collect a $400 handout from the regime in a desperate attempt to buy support before the chaos strikes. everyone here seems to expect civil war, and the government stokes the fear. >> hundreds of thousands, and i repeat, hundreds of thousands of libyans will be killed, and sdrinkz everywhere -- destruction everywhere for years to come. >> reporter: throughout libya battle lines are being drawn. this amateur video apparently shows a gun battle raging between pro and anti-gadhafi forces in mizurata, site of an air base
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